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Nibble: CT Food Events, Farm Dinners, Tastings and Festivals for Week of August 18-25

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Birdman Juke Joint has kicked off their “Biscuit Brunch”. Yes, it's those nationally acclaimed Brown Sugar Buttermilk Biscuits that took the nation by storm when Chef Chris Scott made them on Top Chef. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday only from 10:30am to 2pm.

Happy Birthday, Julia Child!  On Wednesday August 21, celebrate her birthday at Millwrights with a 5 plus prix fixe meal.  It costs $95 per person (plus tax and tip) and also includes wine pairings. 

Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester, CT invites you to a Pig Roast on the Patio.  Join them on Monday August 19 for a pig roast with plenty of BBQ sauces, picnic-style sides, drinks, and delicious summer desserts. 

The Hey Stamford! Food Festival is finally here!  On August 24 and 25, food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors, and more will converge on Mill River Park.  Donut Crazy, Dinosaur BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, and Kona Ice are just a few of the eats that will be there for the weekend!  Choose from regular admission or a VIP experience. 


Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for August 11-18

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Two things that embody summer: Croquet and Rose! Enjoy both on the Artisan (West Hartford) event lawn on Monday August 12. A $25 ticket includes game play on the event lawn, two tickets for beer, wine or soft beverages, and Artisan's hand crafted hors d'oeuvres.

There are kids in the kitchen! Stew Leonard’s Newington is offering an “It’s Raining Tacos” culinary class for tots and kids this week. On Tuesday 8/13 and Friday 8/16, toddlers ages 2-5 will prepare taco quesadillas, taco mac & cheese, and tacos. Also on Tuesday, kids ages 6-12 can learn new skills in a separate session.

Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport is known for its tasty BBQ… and it’s soon to be known for its beer! Join them to try their own newly launched beer, Walrus Ale + Lager. Plus, they’ll soon have a food trailer hitting the streets. “The Flying Pig" will be making its way to breweries, festivals, and more.

Have you gotten your tickets for the Hey Stamford! Food Festival? Don’t wait- with 40+ food trucks over 2 days, they’ve got more delicious food than you could imagine for one weekend! And here’s one more reason to stop by: a Veg Out! Vegan Pop-Up was just added to the line-up.


Nibble: Yummy CT Food Events For August 4-11

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

This summer, check out Tequila Tuesdays at Evarito’s in Norwalk.  Get $6 Evarito’s El Jimador margaritas, half price carafes, and other half price tequilas at the bar all night long, and enjoy their gorgeous roof top!

To celebrate Litchfield’s 300 year anniversary, Arethusa Farm and the Lichfield Historical Society invite you to the Tapping Reeve Meadow to meet some of Arethusa’s award-winning cows. On August 11, learn about the history of the farm, sample ice cream and cheese, and play games.  $5 per person or $20 per family. 

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center hosts a Berry Bonanza on Sunday August 11.  Harvest berries from the garde, learn how to identify wild raspberries versus invasive wineberries, and create no-bake raspberry sauce to take home. 

On August 7, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill will be donating 10% of all food sales to New Haven Reads.

Healing meets Happy Hour at the Roger Sherman Inn on August 7. Try out acupuncture while enjoying drinks and bites.


Guide To Our Favorite CT Summer Farm Stands

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Maddie Phelps

With the glorious warmth that summer brings to Connecticut comes a plethora of delicious fruits, vegetables, and other produce that are sure to highlight any and every meal of the season. If you’re looking to get a taste of the incredible produce CT offers when the temperature is at its hottest, you’ll surely want to make a trip to some local farm stands. As late July is upon us, however, the number of summer days left are ticking away at a startling speed. But fear not; your life just got a little bit easier. Some of the best summer farm stands in the state are listed below, ranging from the eastern most points of Connecticut to down in Fairfield County. All you have to do is find one that catches your eye and take the drive.


Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of July 28- August 4th

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On Tuesday July 30 at 7pm, join Mecha Noodle Bar Wine Dinner and Dominio De Punctum for a wine dinner.

Artisan Southport hosts a Culinary Fight Club Connecticut: Seafood Showdown on July 30. Culinary Fight Club is looking for the most creative use of Seafood, whether it's Salmon or Oysters, paired with local fresh ingredients plated up with the perfect bite. Come witness the competition. A $35 Tickets Includes 1 Sam Adams Beer Sample, a snack from Artisan, a wine tasting, and more. Plus, vote on your favorite.

Rockledge Grille in West Hartford and Dom’s Cheese Shop in Avon are excited to host their first ever Sunset Wine & Cheese Tasting on the patio. Join them on Monday, July 29 for wines paired with artisanal cheeses… and the BEST view in West Hartford. 7-8:30pm, $40 per guest. Call 860-206-2182 to reserve.

Mondays at the Gray Goose Café in Darien are for martinis! Join them starting at 5pm for 1/2 off All Well and Call Martinis.

The Madison Beach Hotel’s Summer Retro Cocktail Party will feature all your favorite drinks from the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s! On Tuesday July 30, enjoy old-school passed hors d’ouevres and listen to the soft and mellow sounds of Ric Cunningham at this delightful Fund Raiser for the Madison Ambulance Association. Tickets are $49 per person with a cash bar.


Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events For Week of July 21-28

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Taste of Hartford runs through July 28.  Participating restaurants throughout the Greater Hartford area will offer special multi-course, price-fixed menus. 

For the first time in 25 years, Union League Cafe in New Haven has an outdoor space!  La Terrasse has room for 36 patrons at bistro tables and on lounge furniture.  It opens at 11:30am Monday through Friday and at 5pm on Saturday.

No donuts for you! Coffee An in Westport is on a summer hiatus and will reopen on Monday August 5.

ARTISAN Restaurant, Tavern and Garden is embracing the summer season on its patio by uncorking its private label Rosé Wine at its annual Garden Parties in West Hartford on the last Thursday of each month from June through September.  Guests are encouraged to experience the spectacular outdoor setting while enjoying Artisan Rosé wine, craft cocktails, light bites and music by a well-known DJ in the picturesque Artisan garden. Tickets are $25 per person. The next one takes place on Thursday July 25. 

On Thursday July 25, Oyster Club Mystic and Stone Acres Farm present Thursday Night Bites - Marrakech Market.  Join them on the farm for themed bites & beverages featuring Moroccan cuisine with Chef Jules from Engine Room. 


NEW PODCAST! Talkin' Balls With The Meatball Shop's CEO & Executive Chef

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Stephanie Webster

Who doesn’t love meatballs??! This week on The CTbites Hot Dish Podcast , we chat with The guys from The Meatball Shop, CEO, Adam Rosenbam, and Executive Chef, Daniel Sharp. The Meatball Shop opened its doors in Westport just weeks ago, their 7th location, and it’s been ball frenzy ever since. What’s on the podcast menu? We discuss what makes a good meatball, the importance of sustainability, and the exciting new menu additions that are only available for all of you lucky CT residents. Listen here.


And the Dirtiest Napkin Goes To...Winners For The Hartford Rib Off

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Kristin L. Wolfe

We are a little late in reporting the results of the Hartford Rib Off, but better late than never. It’s no secret that barbecue was really “invented” as permission to get dirty whilst eating. And the moistest, messiest, smokiest bbq around is usually what keeps us enthusiasts dreaming at night. Well, it’s time to find out what happened at the 10th Annual Hartford Rib Off last month and therefore, add to our list of bbq-tastic visits for the rest of the summer.

It was Father’s Day weekend and over 2,000 folks came out for serious sun and chow. And, if a gorgeous summer day, great food, the spirit of competition isn’t enough, support for local charities was the cherry on top of a successful weekend event.

Barbecue, unlimited drinks, raising money oh my. Hall’s Market of West Hartford supplied 4,000 pounds of meat for the two-day event. Attendees enjoyed samples from 20 different breweries, craft cocktails from Tito’s, barbeque from over 30 Pit teams, food trucks and live music from Hartford’s own Professors of Sweet Sweet Music. 


Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events for July 15th – 21st

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On July 18, Chef Frederic Kieffer of Artisan Restaurants and L’escale comes to Wakeman Town Farm for an Intimate Chef’s Dinner. Dine on four courses of seasonal, local fare served in Tim's Kitchen. Guests are welcome to stroll the Farm's organic gardens and visit our animals before sitting down. The menu will be inspired by the best of what's available that week from the farm’s farmer/fisherman friends. Tickets are limited and the event is BYOB, so feel free to bring wine, beer or your favorite libations. Glassware and openers provided. 

Chop Shop Cooking Classes continue on Wednesday July 17 with Summer Party Bites. The menu includes heirloom tomato bruschetta w/feta pesto, lobster quesadillas w/black bean mango salsa, cucumber cups w/feta, roasted peppers and olives, buffalo shrimp w/herb ranch dressing, and BBQ chicken wontons w/bleu cheese dip. 

Terrain Café invites you to a Farmers' Market Dinner on July 18. Meet them on their patio for an al fresco dinner in collaboration with the Westport Farmers' Market. This three-course, plant-based meal will highlight fresh ingredients from local partners and purveyors to be enjoyed with a view of their newly expanded blooming nursery. Reservations are required. $75 per person. Cost includes three-course dinner, a welcome cocktail, and passed appetizers. 


Summer Strawberry Gelato with Waffle Cones Recipe from Sugar and Olives

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CTbites Team

It’s summer, and that means the local CT Farmers’ Markets are bursting with color and flavor. Lucious strawberries are readily available at the Westport Farmers Market (or at a market near you), but they go fast so be sure to grab your pint. If you make it home without eating all of your berries in the car, try this great recipe for Strawberry Gelato from Jennifer Balin, owner of Sugar & Olives.


Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events for July 8th – 14th

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

After taking a small summer break, Ordinary in New Haven is open once more. Join them Monday July 8.

Guilford Mooring hosts a Lobster Bake on Tuesday July 9. Feast on a meal of 1 ¼ Lobster, shrimp, mussels, steamers, sweet sausage, corn on the cob, Red Bliss Potatoes, and NY Cheesecake. (There are also options for land lovers and children!) It starts at 5pm and costs $55 per person. 

On Thursday, July 11, Mystic Aquarium’s Conservation in Action series presents an evening of culinary education and exploration with Eating with the Ecosystem. Mystic Aquarium’s Main Gallery is the perfect backdrop for a night of cocktails and local sustainable seafood. Admission includes a delectable presentation, sustainable and adventurous seafood appetizers from the cookbook Simmering the Sea: Diversifying Cookery to Sustain Our Fisheries, plus one complimentary cocktail, wine or beer of your choice.  $28 per person or $50 for two online in advance. 

Carbone’s Kitchen (Bloomfield) and Carbone’s Prime (Rocky Hill) have launched “Summer Maine Lobster Nights.” Offered every Monday-Wednesday in July and August, the menu includes your choice of Shrimp Bisque or Garden Salad, a 1 1/4 lb. Steamed Maine Lobster with Roasted Potatoes and Native Corn on the Cob, and Summer Berry Shortcake. This taste of summer is being offered at $32 per person, beverage, tax and gratuity not included.


CT Guide to Outdoor Dining (2019): 100 + Restaurants for Summer

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Summer lasts for about six weeks, and I want to soak up every glorious morsel of sunshine that I can while it is here!  I also want to partake in the delicious food the season has to offer.  Connecticut restaurants are making sure that we don’t have to choose between those two options.  Places across the state are opening up their patios, decks, and rooftop bars.  Here is a lift of over 130 restaurants where you can fine al fresco this summer.

Tavern on State, New Haven: Tavern on State, owned by Chef Emily Mingrone, is one of the latest to join the dozens of exceptional restaurants in the New Haven area.  There are 45 seats outdoors.

Birdman Juke Joint, Bridgeport: The much-anticipated restaurant from Chef Chris Scott will have some outdoor seating in Bridgeport’s Black Rock neighborhood.

High George, New Haven: High George, located at The Blake Hotel in New Haven, is a new three-season rooftop restaurant that features a full food and beverage menu inspired by Summers in New England.  James Beard-nominated Chef Tyler Anderson, along with partners A.J. Aurrichio and Tim Cabral, is overseeing its operations. 

Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill, Fairfield & New Haven: The Fairfield location of Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill has a large patio for al fresco dining with firepits for cold evenings.  In New Haven, enjoy their heated patio that is enclosed for year-round dining. 

Shell and Bones Oyster Bar, New Haven: Shell & Bones Oyster Bar in New Haven has a fabulous view of the water with floor to ceiling doors that are open in summer and a deck directly on the water complete with fire pits and patio heaters for chilly nights.  Dive into their Harbor Sampler or the Tower of Shells, with lobsters, clams, oysters, and shrimp. 


Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events For July 1st – 7th

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Oyster Club in Mystic now has a cocktail lounge pop up every first and third Monday night of the month. On Monday July 1, guest bartender is Joshua Perez of Milk & Honey and brand ambassador for REAL MCCOY RUM is premiering Real McCoy 14-Year-Aged limited-edition rum, the first release in the state of Connecticut. 

On Tuesday July 2, Stew Leonard’s in Danbury invites tots to a Firecracker Cupcake/Rice Krispies Toddler Class. Each child will decorate four cupcakes and two Rice Krispies Treats in red, white and blue. The class is for ages 2-5 and takes place at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

On Tuesdays at The Spread Norwalk, enjoy $1 oysters all night! Plus, join them for Happy Hour from 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill, located on the waterfront in New Haven, is hosting an Independence Day Eve Celebration on Wednesday, July 3, featuring live music and highlights of the West Haven Fireworks viewed from the Deck. Reservations for dinner service will be available until 10:00 p.m. (inside tables only). Tables on the deck will be available for dinner only on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit their website or call (203) 787-3466.


Wood Fire Food Custom Catering Events with Chef Dan Sabia

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Maddie Phelps

When was the last time you thought about where each element of your dinner came from? The plates, the table, the meat, the cups; each item seems to come from an arbitrary supermarket, creating a culture where the process of making and eating food is incredibly solidarity. That, in a nutshell, is why Dan Sabia left the restaurant industry. And now, he’s using his work with wood, fire, and food to change that norm in a world where very few are trying. Chef Dan Sabia is changing the way we think about private catering with his innovative new business, Wood Fire Food.


Pools, Patios, Pergolas...Luxury Tasting Event To Benefit Food Rescue US July 13th!

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CTbites Team

A new local food and home luxury event will provide attendees an exclusive opportunity to enjoy fabulous outdoor living spaces and the best summer fare and specialty cocktails. Pools, Patios, Pergolas, a Luxury Tasting Event, benefiting Food Rescue US and being held on Saturday, July 13 from 5 pm to 9 pm, is a fun evening featuring the finest of summer entertaining with signature cuisine and cocktails from Fairfield County’s top caterers: AMG Catering, Festivities, and Marcia Selden Catering in beautiful backyard settings.


Guide To Adult Cooking Classes in Connecticut: 2019 Edition

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April Guilbault

You’ve arranged to keep the kids busy all summer long with camps and lessons, sleepovers and maybe a bit of volunteer work here and there, but what about some fun for YOU? Those kids shouldn’t get all the fun. And because we are, eh-hem, adults, learning a few new things alongside that good time is always a welcome bonus. Cooking classes are a unique way to have a memorable evening. You can go solo, with a friend or a group. Choose the flavors or the skills you are interesting in knowing more about. Then walk away with a full belly, new information and probably a few laughs under your chef’s apron. What the heck are you waiting for? Remember too, these are great gift ideas as well. Friend with a birthday during the summer? Treat them! It’s like dinner out but so much better. Pencil in some time for yourself this summer and treat yourself..like a kid. 

Here is our Guide To Adult Cooking Classes in Connecticut.


Listen to Top Chef's Chris Scott on the CTbites Hot Dish Podcast

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Stephanie Webster

This week on The CTbites Hot Dish Podcast , we chat with Top Chef’s Chris Scott, who recently opened Birdman Juke Joint in the Black Rock, Bridgeport. Scott talks about his long road to TV's Top Chef, the importance of family and community, and the "Birdman," the inspiration for his new authentic Southern restaurant. You won’t wanna miss this episode. Listen here.

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Nibble: Tasty CT Food Events For June 23rd-30th

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On Thursday June 27th, The Spread Greenwich will have their next Chef's Tasting! Join in for a 5-course culinary adventure served by award-wining Chef Carlos Baez! Limited seating available. Visit them online for details and call today to book your reservation.

The Meatball Shop in Westport, Conn. has a pre-opening party on June22nd! Wine, beer, and their famous meatballs and other favorites will be served to the public for the first time prior to their TBA opening date. All money raised from tickets is going to non-profit Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service. Tickets can be bought online, or at the door. Info here. 

Artisan in West Hartford invites you to a garden party on June 27.  From 5-7pm, sip on Artisan rose while enjoying a craft cocktail, light bites, and music.  Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online through Eventbrite or at the door. 

Check out the Connecticut Taco Festival: Hartford County on Saturday June 29 at Auerfarm in Bloomfield.  Admission covers access to the festival where you can purchase tacos on-site and vote for “Top Taco.”  There will also be tequila, Mexican inspired drinks, beer, a taco eating contest, music, and more.  Tickets start at $15. 

Celebrate the summer with sips and samples and sharks and seals during the “Maritime with a Twist” adults-only evening event on Thursday, June 27th at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.  Open to anyone age 21 and over, “Maritime with a Twist” features tastes from nearby restaurants in the South Norwalk neighborhood, as well as refreshments by artisanal distillers and distributors. Sample them all while enjoying the entire Aquarium for one price. Music for the evening will be provided by Big Yachty, Fairfield County’s premiere Yacht Rock cover band.